Thursday, 17 March 2011

Netball’s hottest competition returns to Liverpool!

International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) announces Echo Arena Liverpool to host World Netball Series 2011

This year the Echo Arena Liverpool will once again host the World Netball Series. IFNA announced the decision today on behalf of the event’s stakeholder group which includes England Netball, Liverpool City Council and the Echo Arena Liverpool.

The three day competition will commence on Friday 25thNovember and will conclude on Sunday 27thNovember with a celebratory Gala Dinner on the Sunday evening. Molly Rhone, President of IFNA commented: “I am delighted to confirm that this year’s World Netball Series will again be held at the Echo Arena Liverpool. Teams, officials and spectators really enjoyed the thrilling Fast Net competition last year. We know that this year will be even better and we look forward to another warm welcome from Liverpool City and the staff at the Echo Arena Liverpool. New Zealand has won the trophy for two years in a row and will be looking to defend their title but this tournament promises to be a very closely fought contest between the top six teams in the world”

The six countries competing in the competition, in IFNA World Ranking order are; New Zealand, Australia, England, Jamaica, South Africa and Fiji. According to the IFNA World Rankings the top teams in the world have shifted slightly with Fiji replacing Malawi from the event last year.

Another boisterous atmosphere is expected at the Echo Arena over the weekend with the event once again due to attract netball lovers in their thousands.

Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon said: “We are proud that this popular event is returning to the city for the second time. To be hosting the top six teams in the world means netball fans will be able to watch the sport at its very best. I’m sure the competitors and visitors, who will be arriving here from across the globe, will enjoy a typically warm Liverpool welcome.”

England Netball has taken the lead this year for the commercialisation of the event. Any parties interested in working with England Netball to deliver the commercial objectives of the stakeholder group should contact Joanna Adams, England Netball’s Head of Marketing

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday 18th March. An early bird offer will be available until Sunday 8th May where you can save 17% on match tickets! To purchase your tickets and for further details visit

Picture shows Jamaica v England last year.

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